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THE COMMUTE: Last Thursday, I attended the first of three Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) / Select Bus Service (SBS) Woodhaven / Cross Bay Boulevard workshops and asked a Department of Transportation (DOT) consultant a few simple questions, including: “Your report states that cars will maintain a ‘reasonable speed.’ What is a ‘reasonable speed’?” He said…

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THE COMMUTE: Mayor Bill de Blasio wants us to ‘stand up’ for transportation… yet he won’t do the same. It’s true. Our roads and bridges are crumbling. It’s not only the bridges but also the high number of potholes that appear every winter season. The city would rather spend money on potholes and then brag…

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THE COMMUTE: New Yorkers started paying more last week to ride the buses and trains. The MTA claims it needs the extra money to provide better service, but will the extra money result in better service, or will it just disappear into the MTA’s black hole? Has any past fare increase resulted in better service?…

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THE COMMUTE: We wrote about this subject numerous times. In 2012, we caught the MTA with their pants down. In 2014, we documented jam-packed B36 buses at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z, while the B44 and B44 SBS buses operated in both directions virtually empty during the morning rush hour. On Sunday, March 8, while…

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THE COMMUTE: In Part 4, we discussed installing true Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for the Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Now we will look at general problems with Select Bus Service (SBS), which the MTA and DOT ignore in their “infomercials” misnamed community involvement. The Problem With Transfers You are allowed to transfer between a local and…

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THE COMMUTE: In Part 3, we discussed community involvement. SBS Future Plans New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced at a February 10, 2015 City Council hearing that the next Select Bus Service (SBS) route would be 86th Street in Manhattan because it will be “easy.” It will not include exclusive…

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THE COMMUTE: Last week, in Part 2, we discussed the misrepresentation of facts, contradictions, and how so many are fooled. We now continue that discussion. Separating Fact From Fiction None of the problems that current Select Bus Service (SBS) routes have encountered are mentioned at these sales pitch infomercials dubbed “workshops.” Problems, such as fare…

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THE COMMUTE: The B44 Nostrand Avenue Route was one-year-old in November 2014. Yet we still don’t have the first year assessment for that route. Its implementation was plagued with problems. There still has not been a single report that shows SBS has been beneficial. By that I mean that people have been more helped than…

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